INFORMATION IS INTENDED TO HELP FIRST TIME INTERNET BUYERS
so you just found what you were looking for to buy at Internet...now
I have been dealing thru the Internet for many years now ( I still
have the AOL#1 Disc!) and I'll try tell you how to safely purchase
an item thru the Internet and minimize your risk in getting burned.
most important thing you need when you are dealing thru the keyboard
are the best way, phone calls one may forget what was said but
e-mails you always can read it over.
must write down all possible questions at once, try avoid back and
forward with simple questions in each e-mail....you may ended up
loosing the item for someone else!
seller does not answer the questions completely or delay in doing
that or have no patience at all.....don't buy from this seller,
need to be very careful in today's Internet transactions, is just
too many scum bags out there ready to take your hard earned cash and
you will feel frustrated when you learn that you don't have too many
options to recover from a loss.
do some home work and try to find out the most you can from a seller
and you can do a few very simple steps.
Rules of Engagement
Always ask for full address, full name and phone number. Many free
sites will cross over name, phone and address if phone is listed.
not accept PO Box or private rented mail boxes as a mailing address,
most of scammers use this method.
seller for references from previous buyers, e-mails or phone
numbers, that's very important!
Gun Boards to inquiry about seller if possible
seller to provide closed up photos of the item for sell, most
of us have a digital camera these days.
seller his "Terms of Sale", that should narrow down forms of payment
accepted, shipping/insurance process and fees, in case of a loss due
to the shipper what will be done, inspection periods and in case of
need to send the item shipped.
Buyer should ask seller to e-mail when receive funds and shipping
item out with a tracking number, buyer should agree.
to keep most of the dealing in e-mails, it's black in the white and
you can always go back to read it, in a phone conversation (unless
if you tape it) the words will vanish away. Use phone to exchange
sensitive information like a credit card number, also is always a
good idea to phone the seller just before sending the funds just to
confirm the phone number and let the seller know that the funds are
on his way.
Always ask for Insurance in the item to be shipped to you.
Always ask if the item has any kind of warranty.
top dollar items you may consider a contract between seller and
Buying Firearms thru
buyer, you will have two experiences in the Internet. Buying from an
individual and buying from a Licensed Dealer.
careful buying from individuals and all the above steps should be
followed, they usually have no reputation to be afraid to loose at
Internet and don't make a living of it either.
are buying out of your State, either way from an individual or a
dealer, you will need to find a Federal Firearms Licensed
dealer to receive and transfer the weapon for you, the receiving
dealer will do that for a nominal fee ($25~$30 for Title One weapons
and $100 for Class 3 weapons) that depends from where you live. Stay
away from dealers that want a percentage of the total cost of your
signed copy of the receiving dealer FFL should be sent to the seller
or (New from BATFE) faxed to seller. If seller receive a faxed FFL
copy, he must perform a double check at BATFE site
seller is a FFL dealer, he must attach a signed copy of his FFL with
the weapon and if seller is an individual he should attach a copy of
his drivers license so the receiving dealer has an "origin" to write
down on his bound book.
Shippers can be UPS, Fed Ex and USPS (United States Postal Service).
Individuals can ship long guns and handguns thru UPS and FedEx (UPS
require handguns to be shipped Next Day Air), individuals can only
ship long guns thru USPS and dealers are required to fill a Form
prior the handgun shipping thru USPS.
most reliable and secure way to ship any valuable is thru USPS
Registered Mail, so if you have a very expensive item have your
dealer ship it to you via USPS Registered Mail, it will require a
cardboard box and paper tape sealing on all openings as they will
stamp everything to prevent one to tamper the package, also you will
need to write the From: and To: in black marker to prevent one to
change addresses. Every time someone at USPS touch the box they need
to sign the log. It's also the cheaper way!
enough of shipping.....let's talk about forms of payment.
can use a Credit Card to pay for it , you will have some advantage
in security but will also need to pay the 3% or 4% more for the
Bank, if you can trust the seller you should avoid give up this
extra money to the banks.
Postal Money Orders, they were the most secure way for the sellers
until we got a bunch of stolen USPS MO's or counterfeit MO's every
where now. Still a good way to pay for as the buyer will have
the Federal Postal Service Agents at your side in case if you get
smoked in a bad deal, they will investigate it as Mail Fraud if you
paid with USPS MO and mailed it thru USPS.
forms of payment can be a Bank Money Order or a Cashiers Check, or a
personal check. Today, most of sellers require a waiting period to
clear the funds completely (even Credit Cards take 3 days for VISA
and Master Card and 4 days for AMEX) so buyer should be patient on
to do if you sent the funds and communication ceased and you don't
received the item you paid for?
First, things do happen in life (accidents etc.).....try to contact
seller and give a reasonable time before suspect fraud. Send a
certified letter to seller is the first step, if no answers at all
you can search at Internet for the sellers local Police Station and
make a contact, (small Towns are better, as they don't have too much
of activity and will be happy to assist you) ask to speak with an
investigator and explain everything in detail with dates. If the
seller is a scum bag they probably have him on file, either way they
will pay the seller a visit as they usually love when is "gun
related activity" issue. Anyway, if you follow the steps above you
should not see yourself in this situation.
hope this information helped you, if you fell that you can add
anything that may improve this section please feel free to
e-mail me .